The curator of this year’s Toledo Area Artist Exhibition is Dr. Halona Norton-Westbrook. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, she is the third post-doctoral Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Toledo Museum of Art.
The fellowship program, underwritten by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, endeavors to train the next generation of museum leaders by giving them opportunities to learn the Museum’s inner workings firsthand by working in the director’s office as part of the executive staff. Fellows not only take part in strategic planning for the institution but are also immersed in curatorial work.
Norton-Westbrook, who received her BA from Mills College in Oakland, California, holds an MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and a PhD in museology and art history from the University of Manchester. Her doctoral research centered on the history of collecting and curating in American and British art museums.
Norton-Westbrook has worked on a number of diverse curatorial projects at museums in the US and the UK, with past engagements at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the Mills College Art Museum, the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, and London’s Garden Museum. Dr. Norton-Westbrook’s curatorial focus at TMA is primarily in modern and contemporary art.
Norton-Westbrook is an accomplished lecturer and public speaker, discussing topics ranging from the rise of the American art museum to the development of curator and director training at Harvard in the early 20th century. Her speaking engagements have included the Association of Art Historians conference in Glasgow, Scotland and lectures at the University of Cambridge in England for the history of art department.